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♪ ♪ what doesn't kill you makes you stronger ♪ ♪ >> it is an incredible comeback story for an olympic champion, growing stronger by the day. six-time olympic gold medal swimmer amy vandyken ruin had nearly lost her life in an atv accident. >> now after two months in rehab she emerged with an incredibly positive attitude, it is inspiring. and kirk hawkins gives us her story. >> hi. >> six time olympic gold medalist, amy vandyken calls herself the queen as she gets
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ready to take her purple wheelchair for a spin. >> i have met some amazing people here. and -- um -- they have really changed the way i think. >> reporter: two months ago she start aid rehab program at a facility in colorado. she learned how to do everything all over again. >> it has just been amazing to watch her. >> reporter: vandyken transferred from an arizona hospital to the rehab center last june. >> thank you. >> hi. >> reporter: the 41-year-old nearly died when she crashed her atv in arizona. this x-ray shows the break in her spinal cord. she survived surgery against all odds. >> but i am alive. and i am so thankful to be alive. >> reporter: she won four gold medals in the 1996 atlanta olympics. while she will not regain movement of her legs. she is learning to swim again. and helps to go mountain biking, sailing, even driving. all part of what this self-professed, proud paraplegic
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calls her second life. >> this is not easy. and i don't want to portray the fact that because i have a smile on my face that it really is easy. it is really not. it's life-changing. >> reporter: another aspect of van dyken's recovery, raising awareness about spinal cord injuries. she hopes to help researchers find a cure. kirk hawkins, abc news, los angeles. devin, michelle, back to you. >> thank you, kirk. just watch herring spirit, just indicative of the olympic sort of thread that we love to hear the stories, comeback stories she is now making. and quite an@let athlete will a her. >> happy she is home. just tweeted in the last few hours. she said missed bravo tv. she said she is going to binge-watch them in the next couple days here. good for her now that she is home. >> getting all caught
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♪ let's go batter up we're taking the afternoon off ♪ ♪ it's a beautiful day for a ball game ♪ >> well it is indeed. a friday, a beautiful weekend ahead. great time for a ball game, especially in williamsport, pennsylvania, where every year the boys and girls of summer converge for the little league world series. this year one team is sure getting a heck of a lot of attention. >> 11 and 12-year-olds from the south side of chicago making the most of their opportunity and their biggest fans couldn't be more proud. abc's david muir has more. >> reporter: here, the big reveal. >> action! >> reporter: the little league team that could trying to keep a straight face. not so easy. they have come a long way. the parade before it all began in williamsport, jackie robinson west little league team from chicago. proud to show off their jerseys.
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walking onto the field in williamsport, the first time this team has made it this far in more than 30 years. >> one, two, three! >> reporter: to understand just l how big the game was. you have to go back to the winning moment, moment they learned they had made it to the lidle league world series. and their parents who have been there every step of the way, who know how many years it's ben since the team made it this far. stunned and proud, on the sidelines. >> next fall when they came back. and they were on it. they were on it. >> never imagined being here in the little league world series. and for my son to make it. it is just awesome. >> reporter: their first game in the little league world series would come. the team from chicago ready. but their competition was ready, that team from washington state. but just moments after the game started the third pitch. >> a home run. >> a home run. in fact, for pierce it was the
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first of three. and back home in chicago, the giant viewing party. our cameras there as they were cheering them on. scoring run after run. >> the game is over. >> suddenly the little team that could -- and one of their proud moms, perhaps, saying it best. >> it's just one of those memories that will be everlasting for all of the boys. >> david muir, abc news, new york. >> those are moments that they're never going to forget. special moments. you know they don't call it the little league world series for nothing. which team around the world has the the most wins? do you know? >> no. >> taiwan. >> taiwan. >> i didn't know that either. >> interesting. >> that is my trophy from the t-ball days. i can hit a ball off a tee. but not too good if you are pitching at me. you know? that was the extent tough it. >> the bat boy?
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welcome back. time for "the mix." a feel-good friday to share with you. this thanks in part to the kid president. one of our favorite youtube sensations. you know, this guy. the kid president helped orchestrate a special surprise party for a 41-year teacher retiring in nashville, tennessee. take a look. here is the camera crew. set up teachers and former students gathered there. 41 years. mrs. fletcher, at the elementary school in tennessee. she walked in and becomes overwhelmed by the emotions. moved to tears there. she says she kept every class picture since she started teaching in 1973. good for her. hats off. first grade teacher. lovely. >> fantastic. you know, we take selfies all
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the time. but now moving on to selfie statues. and this all kicked off, the internet, the craze, is incorporating the selfie within the statue. positioning kyour camera, just o it looks like the statue is participatin participating. statue of liberty right there. >> just don't touch the art. if you try it at home. go out to the museums this summer. pretty fun pictures there. albert einstein. all right. to wrap up this friday, here is your polka. ♪ politics and foreign wars all the weather all the scores ♪ ♪ that's the "world news" polka ♪ ♪ around the world and up your street ♪ ♪ that's the "world news" polka ♪ ♪ it's late at night you're wide awake and you're not wearing pants ♪ ♪ so grab your "world news now" mug and everybody dance ♪ ♪ have some fun be a pal every anchor guy and gal ♪
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this morning on "world news now" -- disturbing new details about robin williams and his final days. what his wife is now saying about his state of mind and his physical health. >> tension in missouri. another night of rallies in suburban st. louis. why unarmed teen was shot and killed by police, the big secret in the case revealed today. >> safety alert, playground equipment that can heat up and burn your children. while there may be more summertime risks at the park than you might think. >> and family affair -- kim kardashian and kanye west's baby daughter, just a year old and already had her first job. that's in "the skinny" on this friday, august 15. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning on this busy friday, i'm michelle franzen.
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>> i'm devin dwyer. great to have you with us. it's very fun to see north west in some of the pictures we'll show you later this half-hour. >> absolutely. we begin with the stunning revelation about robin williams, just days after he shocked the world by taking his own life. >> williams' widow released a statement yesterday revealing the beloved actor was also struggling to cope with the early stages of parkinson's disease. here's more from abc's nick watt. >> reporter: learning about one more struggle faced by the irrepressible robin williams in the months before he died. robin's sobriety was intact, his wife said in a written statement, he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of parkinson's disease. which he was not yet ready to share publicly. >> early parkinson's consists of tremor, little bit of slowness, perhaps postural change sews people lean forward.
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>> reporter: around a million and a half americans have parkinson's and research suggest a link between the disease and clinical depression. michael j. fox, a long time friend of williams who was diagnosed with parkinson's in 1991, just tweeted. stunned to learn that robin had p.d. pretty sure his support for our foundation predated his diagnosis. a true friend, i wish him peace. williams' family who have all requested privacy since his death requested privacy since his date are all sharing their memories of the man most of us thought we knew but only knew on screen. his youngest son, cody saying, i will miss him and take him with me everywhere i go for the rest of my life. and will look forward, forever, to the moment when i get to see him again. >> susan, his wife hopes others might live learning a lesson from how he died. it is our hope in the weak of robin's tragic passing, she said, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing
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so they may feel less afraid. williams' widow says the family has found solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration since his death. his greatest legacy, she says aside from his three kids, the joy and happiness he brought particularly to those fighting personal battles. nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> to the weather now. the big mess left behind by fast-moving and severe storms in the las vegas area. the run-off from heavy rain washed out sections of a road around lake mead closing it. forcing drivers to turn around. the storm damaged the dock at the lake's big marina forcing it to close as well. it is expected to be open today. meantime the sinkhole on long island, new york, one of the big reminders from this week's historic rainfall. said to be 12 feet deep there. the crater caused by a pipe that burst because of pressure from a nearby creek well over its banks.
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>> one area of long island received three months of rain in just a few hours. >> today, heavy rain will pound much of the country from montana to new mexico, across the midwest, into minnesota. other than a few showers in the south florida area, and northern new england, most other spots will be sunny, dry and hot today. >> it will be scorching across the southwest. with temperatures mostly in the high 90s. but almost everywhere else. expect more moderate readings in the mid to high 80s. >> and outrage over the shooting death of an unarmed missouri teenager is rippling across the country with rallies in dozens of cities. marchers in new york, peacefully chanted, hands up, don't shoot. the tempers flared when police intervened. and several people were hauled away in handcuffs, as abc's jim ryan reports, things remain relatively calm in ferguson. >> don't shoot! >> reporter: the thursday night demonstration in ferguson was the first since the governor's decision to have missouri state
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highway patrol assume responsibility for crowd control. many in the community complained that county police were heavy handed in the role. this demonstration had a street fair atmosphere although substantially larger than the one that ended with tear gas and rubber bullets the night before and stayed relatively peaceful as police officers and regular uniforms strolled among the protesters. then just before 10:00, the sound of gunfire. several series of shots were fired some where in the surrounding neighborhood. many of the protesters were undeterred and decided to stay. the next test of the community resolve to remain nonviolent may come friday with anticipated release of the name of the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old michael brown last saturday. the police chief said he wanted to hold on to the officer's identity out of concern for his safety. local and federal investigators still have not publicly reached a conclusion as to the justifiability of the killing. jim ryan, abc news, ferguson, missouri. >> hopefully there will be calm there as this weekend gets under way. >> so many people speaking out on our facebook page too,
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hundreds of you writing in sharing your thoughts here on both side of this. angie writes, no the name of the police officer should not be made public because of his family's safety being a concern. meanwhile, yes, we should know the name of this police officer because if he, earl was shot, some one certainly would know his name. on tv. a lot of divide, we asked you to go to our facebook page. wnnfans.com. weigh in for us. we are reading your responses. >> an ominous announcement from world health officials about the ebola outbreak. they say there is evidence the numbers of the dead and those sickened by the virus may vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak. this outbreak is already the deadliest one on record with more than 1,000 deaths. >> and an experimental vaccine to fight a debilitating mosquito borne virus is showing promise. the chikungunya virus has
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sickened people in africa, asia, caribbean and south america. here in the u.s. it is not fatal it can cause fever and joint pain lasting weeks or months. researchers say antibody from their vaccine were present six months after volunteers got their final doses. >> a clinical trial of medical marijuana may offer new hope for people suffering from sickle-cell anemia. in humans doctors usually treat the pain with owe -- opiates. but researchers in san francisco tested marijuana on mice, genetically programmed to devil of a condition mimicking the disease. and they showed less pain and less inflammation the next big step testing on humans. >> sadly friend and racing fans have gathered in central new york state to remember and say a final good-bye to kevin ward jr. he is the race car driver who was killed last weekend after being hit by the car driven by nascar's tony stewart. ward's casket was carried out. mourners released orange, black, white balloons, the colors of ward's racing team.
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as for stewart he won't be racing at this weekend's nascar event in michigan. it will be the second straight event that stewart missed since the incident last weekend. his plans for the rest of the nascar season are up in the air this morning. >> the owners of major league baseball teams have elected a new league commissioner. he is 55-year-old rob manfred who worked for the league in an increasingly senior positions. since 1998. manfred will be the league's tenth commissioner. he takes over early next year when current commissioner bud selig steps down. >> well, we don't usually cover european track & field events here on "world news now," but there is something to show you here. this is a bizarre ending of a track race. >> bizarre. check this guy out. a runner from france. stripping off his jersey as he enters the final stretch in yesterday's steeplechase. he wins, going away, a triumphant moment. >> but not really. he was eventually disqualified because he took off his jersey during the race. of course he crossed there without that singlet on.
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it would have been his third straight european title in the event. instead, he finished last. >> goes to show you. keep your jersey on. follow the rules, ladies and gentlemen, i have to say he took the jersey off going over the last hurdle. put it in his mouth. how can you have that much energy? >> grandstanding during the final stretch there. we will see if that teaches him a lesson. >> maybe, we will see. coming up in "the skinny" -- the huge show last night at san francisco's candlestick park, featuring paul mccartney. and why it is going down in history. >> but first, a safety alert for parents at the park. concerns about playground equipment heating up into the danger zone on a summer day. you are watching "world news now." ♪ ♪ i play i play i play for you ♪ i'm burning up burning up burning for you ♪ ♪ i'm burning up burning up burning for you ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance.
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go long. ♪ ♪ i'm burning i'm burning for you ♪ >> you know, with school playgrounds, packed, parents should be consander -- concerned about a hidden danger. swings and slides can heat up to 200 degrees. >> at the temperature, it takes second before kids can get second or third degree burns. and bazi kanani investigates. >> reporter: summer sun is summer fun for kids everywhere.
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bare skin and hot playground equipment can lead to serious burns. on five days this summer using in infrared thermometer at the hottest time of day, "gma" investigates tested equipment across the country recording the this metal surface in l.a., 129 degrees. this baby swing in houston, 130 degrees. this swing in phoenix, 150. at 140 degrees it can take 3 seconds for a child to get a second-degree burn, and 5 second to get a third-degree burn. if you think the temperature outside has to be sweltering for playground equipment to heat up. think again. when kara sinclair took her kids to the indianapolis zoo in early spring it never crossed her mind to check the temperature of the equipment. her then 22-month-old girl, tinley headed straight for the slide. >> she scooted forward as she scooted forward, it was, she stuck. she screamed really loud. something i had never heard before in my life. as i grabbed her, her skin
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stayed with the slide. >> reporter: that slide baking in the sun. she says doctors at the er say it gave her a near third degree burn. the zoo told "gma investigates" the incident was the first of its kind and we have since implemented a policy of regularly inspecting slide temperatures. which children are most at risk? >> it's really children who are 2 and younger. younger children's skin is thinner and more delicate. they may not have the reflex to move their body part away from the heat. >> reporter: we tested even more equipment at a d.c. playground with rachel weintraub from consumer federation of america. on a slightly overcast, 85-degree day with many kids playing we measure the slide. at first it is a mild 86 degrees. but watch what happens after 10 minutes of sun exposure. 133. that's definitely hot enough to burn a child. bazi kanani, abc news, washington. >> you know we see mostly the
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plastic hard plastic slides there. we all remember the days of those -- metal slides. and some of those still exist. they say there is no indication that -- that the equipment back then was any hotter. but, we have all -- burned ourselves a little bit. >> always the perils of the playground. i remember getting splinters from wood play material. probably cooler, but always a danger there. i want one of those laser thermometers that, that bazi had in her piece there, running around check the temperature. maybe should become a must-have on the stroller. they run $30. >> now they put some soft material down there. they didn't always do that. there has been a lot of improvements. you still have to be careful as parent. go up and touch it even if you don't have a fancy device. >> good advice for everybody. >> when we come back, the celebrity baby making her modeling debut at just 13 months old. >> what paul mccartney did last night to help san francisco bid farewell to an iconic landmark. "the skinny" coming up next.
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♪ ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ >> well, it's time for "the skinny" on this friday. starting with a super cute hollywood newcomer, following her famous parents right into the spotlight. >> that's right the adorable daughter of kim kardashian and kanye west made her modeling debut.
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at just 13 months old, northwest appearing with a killer pose in "c.r. fashion book" launched by the former editor of french "vogue" magazine. if you didn't know, take a close look. that is a chanel bag. and a brooch. yes, accessorizing that cashmere sweater. and the quote there in the upper left says, quote, it is never too early to care about fashion. so, i hope you have deep, deep pockets, mom and dad. that is going to be an expensive. >> they do. you wouldn't expect anything less from their child to have a little chanel bag. >> that's right. don't get any spit up on the shirt there. >> the final act at san francisco's legendary candlestick park. >> the honor last night to sir paul mccartney. his concert, was the last public event at the stick before it gets demolished. take a listen. ♪ close your eyes and i'll kiss you tomorrow i'll miss you ♪
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♪ remember i'll always be true ♪ and if while i'm away i'll write home every day ♪ ♪ and i'll send all my loving to you ♪ >> candlestick park also is the site of the beatles last live concert back in 1966. for decade of course also the home of the 49ers and the giants. i lived in san francisco, so i had the pleasure of attending candlestick park where it is very blustery out there. >> it's been there for years. a beloved icon out there. great to see paul mccartney back on tour after the illness earlier this year. >> big treat. >> moving on "downton abby" supposedly historically accurate british tv series, love that series, has made quite a blunder. take a look here. see if you can spot what is out of place, in this photo which went quickly viral. yesterday. >> look closely. check out the plastic water
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bottle on the mantle. the series set in the '20s. commercial water bottles were not produced until the '60s. >> we love edith! >> as you can imagine the shot triggered -- >> we love edith. we love edith. >> what's that? we love edith. >> we have fans here. >> beloved star from 1930s will be hitting the big screen very soon. we're talking betty boop, animated character to star in her first feature length film, courtesy of simon cowell, co-producing the movie. >> betty boop last seen in a cameo in the 1988 film "who framed roger rabbit." cowell says he worked with his share of high maintenance divas. betty boop, the biggest of them all. great to see her back. finally, today, we check out who is celebrating their birthday -- today, friday, check out who is celebrating their birthday -- happy birthday one and all!
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tide, downy, and bounce. official products of the national sleep foundation. ♪ monday you can fall apart for fr ♪ monday you can fall apart tuesday wednesday break my heart ♪ ♪ thursday doesn't even start it's friday i'm in love ♪ >> welcome back. well it has been quite a busy week in the news world with the heavy hand of tragic events. >> here now our "friday rewind" we take a look back and say good-bye to two of our brightest stars. >> mr. williams' life ended from asphyxia due to hanging. >> we are mourning the loss of such a great man. >> he is a unique guy.
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he was just a force of nature. >> i saw him turn around with his arms up in the air and they shot him. in his face and chest. he went down. unarmed. >> were you in the front line up there? >> in the front line, yes. they just started shooting. >> my house -- i have water around my whole house. >> this has never been this high, not even during sandy. >> people die in racing, all the time, you hardly hear about in small tracks. so when it was -- being that tony was involved it brought a lot of attention to it. >> there is no evidence in hand, or no facts, that would support a criminal charge. >> our attention is focused on preventing an act of genocide and helping the men and women and children on the mountain. >> do you think he is handling the situation in iraq right snow would you be doing it differently? >> i am excited about signing
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books. >> crazy, it's unbelievable. if it's like kids from philly. and now we are going to williamsport. so, very unbelievable. >> you know how to whistle, don't you, steve? you just put your lips together and blow. >> of course we do have a sense that it's -- how could i have lived through all of that? >> some real greats. and also a reminder of just the excellent work that both lauren bacall as well as robin williams did over the span of their careers. worth watching again. >> absolutely. i think this weekend we should go to netflix. go to aye itunes, download the movies. a good weekend for that. don't miss our updates on facebook, wnnfans.com. >> coming up. more news from abc. stay tuned. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. more news from abc. stay tuned. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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good morning. i'm devin dwyer. >> and i'm michelle franzen. here are some of the top head lines we're following this morning on "world news now." >> two missing amish sisters have turned up safe about 24 hours after they apparently were abducted from their family's roadside farm stand in upstate new york. full details in a moment. >> robin williams' widow says the award-winning actor was in the early stages of parkinson's disease on the day he took his life. she also says williams was battling depression and anxiety. >> beating the odds. six-time, olympic gold medal swimmer, heading home after an atv accident nearly killed her breaking her spinal cord. this morning she is learning how to swim again. >> paul mccartney's concert last night at candlestick park was the last public event for the
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legendary stadium. it is going to be demolished to make room for a housing and entertainment development. those are some of the top stories this friday, august 15. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good friday morning. thank you for joining us. we begin this half-hour with the latest details on the safe return up of the girls apparently kidnapped in upstate new york. >> that's right, taken while working at the family's farm stand in a rural area not far from the canadian border. abc's gio ben spichlt tez is there. >> a race against time when the two little amish girls vanished. just hours ago both were found alive by total stranger taken back home. >> we received the news that the girl had been found and everybody was just relieved. >> it was 7:20 p.m. wednesday, 12-year-old fanny miller and her 6-year-old sister deleila working their roadside vegetable stand when police say a red,
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four-door sedan pulled up. when it drove off the girls were gone. their family living in this traditional amish community of 10,000, they have no phone, they ran to a neighbor's house to call police. setting off the search on land. rescue teams even searching underwater. police only had this sketch to work from. that's because an amish tradition being photographed is not allowed. but late thursday night, police say their alleged kidnapper dropped them off at a small town about 30 miles away from home. they walked to the closest house and knocked on the door. still wearing that amish attire. the man at the house recognized them from news reports and took them home. >> there is relief. but there is relief because we have two children returned home safe to their parents. but there is still an active criminal investigation here. because somebody still took these children away from their home. >> i can't wait until they arrest these people itch there is more than one. i would love to have an opportunity to prosecute them. >> reporter: right now, applause
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and good news here at the search command center after the girls were found alive. they have been reunited with their families. and we're told they're speaking with investigators. gio ben spichitez, abc news. >> a relatively calm night in ferguson, missouri for the first time since an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a police officer. after four nights of violent clashes, many more people turned out for the latest protest. but things remained peaceful. today, the police chief is expected to release the name of the officer involved in the shooting. and president obama is calling for justice and calm. >> there is never an excuse for violence against police or for those who would use this tragedy as a cover for vandalism or looting. >> rallies were held across the country in a show of solidarity for 18-year-old michael brown. police clashed with protesters here in new york last night. hauling several people away in
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plastic handcuffs. >> abc's ryan snit hmith has mo the national outcry and the police response where the shooting took place. by day, protesters had been largely peaceful. demonstrators demanding justice. arms raised. the message clear. but when night falls a different story. the confrontation between police and protestors taking a violent turn. police bringing out the armored cars and arsenal of heavy weapons. tactics many argue are more appropriate for a war zone. here, a young man, hands up, confronted by heavily armed officers. in citing a firestorm of criticism. many questioning if the police response fits the threat. police defended their actions. >> if fire bombs start getting thrown, prompt getting destroyed, people being shot at. we have to respond to deadly force. >> reporter: a change of tactics. with state troopers now taking over from local police. >> i know that ferguson will not
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be defined as a community torn apart by violence. >> reporter: a movement to calm a crisis that has struck a national nerve. sparking a wave of americans speaking out. >> can't tune out facebook, can't tune out twitter. >> millions are talking about it. >> reporter: at howard university hundreds gathering for this picture. tweeted with the online rallying cry. hand up. don't shoot. but people of all ethnicities across the country are posting pictures in silent solidarity. as the president said, there is never an excuse for violence against the police and no excuse for police to use excessive force against peaceful protests. ryan smith, abc news, new york. >> an update on a trial we have been following, corruption case against bob mcconnell and his wife. accused of taking gifts in exchange for promoting a dietary supplements company. prosecutors rested their case yesterday after calling their 45th witness.
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mcdonnell's defense attorneys will begin their case monday. awe a utah woman in critical condition unable to speak after taking a sip of sweet tea tainted with a chemical. the woman's husband says she knew something was wrong right away and told him she thought she just drank acid. the manager of the restaurant where she drank the tea said it was a horrible accident. >> by the accounts we have heard so far, either the store manager or the employee put six cups of this white powder substance into the iced tea mixer. and stirred it up. thinking that perhaps that was sugar. >> she is set to be tested today to determine whether there are tears of her esophagus or stomach. police are investigating and may file criminal charges. >> horribly scary, six cups of lye. >> just a sip. >> just took a sip. an odorless substance, used for degreasing pans. but to find it in your iced tea
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is, is simply horrifying. there is the couple there. >> exactly. she said once she took the sip. she told her husband. i think i just drank acid. knew immediately. >> felt it in her mouth. >> moving on now could the ebola outbreak be worse than numbers indicate. world health organization says there is evidence that the death and illness cases from the virus are being vastly underreported. ebola has already killed more than 1,000 people in west africa. the tiny supply of an experimental drug, zmapp has been used up and could be months more before more is made available. >> new political era dawned in iraq. after initially struggling to stay in power, nuri al maliki agreed to step aside as prime minister. karen travers has reaction from washington. >> reporter: iraqi prime minister nuri al maliki's days in power were numbered. the new government had been formed. he was left out in the cold. >> in baghdad, he announced the
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inevitable. he is stepping aside to move the political process forward. and make way for his replacement. the obama administration has not hid frustrations with maliki's inability to bridge the deep sectarian divisions and stabilize security there. in recent days the president and other top officials made it clear they wanted maliki out. >> we are modestly hopeful that the iraqi government situation is moving in the right direction. >> reporter: maliki's departure came hours after president obama declared the situation in northern iraq greatly improved. >> we broke the isal siege of mt. sinjar and helped people reach safety and saved innocent lives. >> a team of military and personal nell determine there are far fewer people stranded on the moun ton than once thought. just several thousand. not tens of thousand. those tree maining have access to food and water because of u.s. and british aid drops. so president obama said he
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doesn't expect to authorize any u.s. evacuation operations. and it is unlikely the humanitarian aid drops will continue. president obama did leave the door open to future u.s. military action. president obama said the u.s. would still provide help to those who need it in northern iraq and also once again emfa sized that the u.s. military can effectively carry out missions like the one on mt. sinjar without adding combat troops on the ground. michelle, devin. >> thank you so much. karen. it is mid afternoon in south korea. where pope francis had a busy day, taking a high-speed train from seoul, the pope celebrated mass with young people in the stadium, and urging the audience to renounce materialism and work to improve the lives of the poor. >> here is a look at your friday weather. expect plenty of ran today from montana to new mexico across the west into minnesota. other than a few showers in south florida and northern new
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england, most other spots will be sunny, dry, and hot. >> temperatures will be scorching today across the south. temperatures mostly in the 90s. almost everywhere else though, you can plan on more moderate readings in the mid to high 80s. perfect for august. if you were with us yesterday you. know we showed you a robot butler. but, here is another robot who has the had a much more adventurous summer. >> it is called the hitch-bot, started its trip from hall fax, nova scotia. thumbing its way east to west. taking ride with strangers. >> hitch-bot put together by researchers, studying the relationship between people and technology. apparently, trying to see, if you would randomly pull over to pick up a, a pile of junk. >> a wet vac that looks like it is ready to clean. >> it does look like, i feel like i made something look that in middle school. the arms, like foam nooldles in
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swimming pools. >> innovative. >> let's see. does it talk. >> of don't think so. >> very interesting. not very good robot. for the trip across canada. >> coming up. "insomniac theater," the dazzling hollywood a-listers, starring in "the giver" and show you "the expendables" action flick. >> kidded the mona lisa of comic books. the rare early edition going up for bid on e-bay. hear what it is worth. >> the viral campaign that blames bad eating habits and obese fee on your mother. the eyepopping images and criticism coming up on "world news now." ♪ ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by lysol. ♪ you turned me out and now i can't turn back now ♪
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♪ you taught me beautiful ♪ >> well, taking the blame game to a whole new level is a controversial anti-obesity psa pointing the finger at parents for their kids' weight problems. >> that part isn't entirely surprising but this psa is blaming parents for the eating habits of their adult children. here's abc's brandi hitt. >> just came in. heart attack. >> reporter: overweight and nearly dead this shocking anti-obesity campaign chronicling a fictional 300-pound man's life in reverse. imagining each ice cream, soda, fast food binge and video game marathon, all the way back to his childhood.
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>> i know how to beat this. >> you have to make a change. >> reporter: sobering images are what doctors at children's health care of atlanta want the public to see. their 2012 ad resurfacing this week now going viral. >> we are hoping parents take away that they have the ability to impact their child's future and their child's health. >> reporter: while some parents are finding the campaign o effective. there is also backlash. >> still can't believe that you give this child french fries. one person writing online, the video puts way too much blame on everyone else. and takes the blame off the supposed victim. another adding neither fat shaming nor scare tactics work. >> though this is a laalarming y hard for parents to hear this they knead to hear it. they need to realize all the thing thaes they're doing wrong. unintentionally, but still
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wrong. >> first thing to making change is considering change. what we were trying to start with the video. >> reporter: the video's creator say people need to take responsibility for their choices. and hope this message will break dangerous habits before they begin. brandi hitt, abc new, los angeles. >> certainly controversial. the study though also takes a look at -- the rise of obesity as well as increased ex-po ed e and serving size. that has the shot up. >> companies, luring in the kids. i think also the point here is who gets the ball rolling with some of the bad parents. parents, maybe sharing some responsibility for that. end of the day. what you put in your mouth is -- you're responsible for. >> definitely. especially when they're an adult. >> coming up. the holy grail of comic books. >> the superman comic that sold for 10 krenlts cents on the new.
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now expected to fetch seven
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♪ ♪ >> it is a collector's dream. the holy grail of comic books, action comic number one. without it we would never have our beloved superheroes, avenge. >> would you pay seven figures for it? he did. in days he will put it back up on e-bay. here is gard swanson from our sister station in seattle. >> reporter: comic books have been around for decades. every theme, genre, every topic. while one really stand out. bring it owner, in a silver locked case he showed us his pride and joy.
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truly one of a kind. >> this action comics is a holy grail. this year, mona lisa. >> reporter: the fourth owner of action comics number one. he bought it in what he says the seven figures range. off awe when i saw the book. i knew what he had. i was blown away. i couldn't believe it. >> reporter: for the first time the superman classic will be sold publicly on e-bay going to the highest bidder after ten days. >> it is a great story. awesome. ahead of its time. an individual from another planet coming here to represent good against evil. >> reporter: the comic book originally sold for 10 cents off a newsstand in 1938. darren says on e-bay he wouldn't be surprised if it sold for $5 million to $10 million. when you really think about this baby it belongs in a museum, because it is priceless. >> without superman there is no batman, no wonder woman. no spiderman. there are no movies. this is the book that started
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everything. >> there are 34 certified copies of action comics one in the world. actor nicholas cage sold one for over $2 million in 2011. but darren's comic book is in superior condition. >> in 24 years, this will now be 100 years old. with perfect white pages. what is this thing worth in 24 years? >> darren won't let go of the multimillion dollar baby for a few more days. now it goes back in a locked security safe offside from his store. >> good for him. i want to his website. says he is going to donate part of the pre seeds from the auction -- proceed from that auction, comic book to charity, to the christopher rieff foundation. good nod for a good cause. >> think you may have comic books lying around, or relatives. the key is rare issues. particularly those that feature the debut of celebrated characters. >> or wonder woman.
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>> time now for a favorite feature of the week, our "insomniac theater." check it out. our top two movie picks opening at the box office this weekend. >> some big action movies. start with the "expendables 3" sylvester stallone directing and starring in this. latest installment from the ensemble series, antonio banderas, and wesley snipes, and mercenaries hired to overthrow a ruthless south american
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dictator. >> always this easy? >> pretty much. >> as you can see there t. the dialogue isn't necessarily the movie's strongest point. rotten tomatoes giving this a 32% rating. and the critics are very harsh here. and he writes, easily the worst of a series that was never particularly good in the first place. more slap dash, lazier, mostly dull. ouch. the reviews aren't all that bad. we found one here, matthew writes, finally an "expendables" that isn't so expendable. if you look a lot of muscle. a lot of that in there too. >> very little dialogue. >> next, dialing back the action. not the suspense in "the giver" based on the novel by lois lauery. the giver, starring meryl streep and jej bridges set in a utopian society that harbors a deep,
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dark secret. that secret to be inherited by jonas who struggles under the weight. >> i know there is something more. something missing from our lives. >> fiona. >> no, not missing something that has been stolen from me and from you. >> i don't know what it is exactly. >> but jonas does. >> what jonas may not know is how terribly the movie is being received by the critics. rotten tomatoes giving "the giver" a 28% approval rating. writing not even streep and bridges can lift "the giver" beyond the level of post apocalyptic after school special. ouch. more charitable saying taken on its own it is well-made and effectively told morality tale. >> love the book in middle school. lois lauery, shout out to her. don't think it will beat the book. that's just me. >> not going to do it. >> check out some movies this
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this morning on "world news now" -- national outcry from a st. louis suburb to new york city and dozens of towns. after an unarmed teen was shot and killed by police. >> so i think, the old saying i have a big dog in this fight. >> the missouri governor putting state police in charge of security as important details in the case are revealed today. >> swamped nation. the dangerous downpours from las vegas to long island. who got stuck in the floods? who is cleaning up today? plus -- is this the new normal? >> and going home. the olympic swimmer recovering from a terrible injury is starting over with a winning spirit. >> i have met some amazing
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people here. and -- they really changed the way i think. >> amy vandyken's emotional word and new beginning. it's friday, august 15. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >> good morning on this busy friday, i'm michelle franzen. >> i'm devin dwyer. great to have you with us. a very busy week. we may it to the end of the week. >> a very busy week. >> a lot to talk about this morning. we begin with the protests overnight after that police shooting of a missouri teen now spreading across the country. including to here in new york. >> thousands gathered in new york and more than 09 cities in a show of solidarity for 18-year-old michael brown. and others killed at the hands of police. marchers held their hands in the air invoking the rallying cry, hand up, don't shoot. >> after several nights of violent clashes a much calmer scene overnight where the
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shooting took place. with state troopers now in control of security there. abc's marci gun zonzalez is in ferguson. good morning, marci. >> reporter: good morning, devin, michelle. you can see hundreds of people out here. this is much different than what we saw here over the past few nights. >> hand up! don't shoot! >> reporter: again they marched. >> hands up! don't shoot! >> reporter: hundreds of people flooding the streets of ferguson, missouri. the same chants. >> hands up! >> don't shoot! >> reporter: the same call for answers after unarmed teenager michael brown was shot and skilled by an officer saturday. but after violent clashes between demonstrators and police -- what started as a peaceful protest stayed that way. the difference here, the police. no riot gear. no rifles. >> compared to last night and tonight, as you can see, a lot of different mixed races out
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here. nobody is tripping. everybody is showing peace and love today. for a better tomorrow. >> reporter: the change intactic coming after missouri's governor put the state highway patrol in charge of security. the head of which lives in this community and joined in the march. >> so i think, the old saying i have a dog in this fight. i have a big dog in this fight. >> reporter: still frustration and a growing push to get police to release the name of the officer who killed michael brown. >> i think it would be a -- an important milestone here to -- to, to -- uh, to get that out as expeditiously as possible. >> reporter: as people stayed out here well into the night demanding answers we're told the investigation into michael brown's death could still take several more week. devin, michelle. >> thank you so much, marci. another developing story we have been watching overnight. two amish girls are safe. 24 hours after they were apparently abducted in upstate new york. the girls turned up cold and
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wet, and unharmed, at a home in richfield, 13 miles from where they disappeared. police say they were dropped off by the suspected kidnapper. a homeowner recognized the girls and called police. the search was made much more difficult yesterday because there were no photographs of the girls. photography is forbidden in their amish order. >> a dramatic night in the washington suburbs with two men rescued from a collapsed trench. they had been working in that trench along side a home when it fell in. burying them in dirt and mud up to their shoulders. after two hours, rescue workers pulled them to safety. both men were conscious throughout the ordeal. >> to the weather now. and the huge mess left by severe storms and floods in the interior west and here along the east coast. after those historic rains. massive clean-up efforts now under way. and abc's josh haskel shows us the damage. >> reporter: heavy rain in longmont, colorado, turned streets and parking lots into lakes thursday. some making all the water look
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like a backyard swimming pool. perfect for a game of catch. and in colorado springs, this driver had to be rescued. >> don't drive through something you can't see. >> reporter: flooding in lake mead outside las vegas covered roads with dirt and debris. cars forced to turn around. >> so i just don't have no work today. i will just go home. >> reporter: at the las vegas boat harbor, the storm severely damage the the docks. >> even in the harbor it was pouring and, the docks started to break apart. the roof started to fall apart. everybody rushed into the restaurant. >> reporter: in the east those in maine spent the day cleaning up. after a half a foot of rain fell over night in portland. >> i have been in some pretty bad weather, but to have six inches of rain in the course of a couple hours and to see how fast this parking lot just filled up with something i have never seen before. >> reporter: and on long island, damage from those 13 inches of rain in just one night, a huge sinkhole still waiting to be
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filled. >> and climate researchers say these severe rainfall events signal a new normal in the u.s. caused by climate change. michelle, devin. >> josh, so much rain, obviously, helping the drought conditions in the west. is there any other silver lining here? >> well, the center for climate and energy solutions does say these storms expose our vulnerabilities. and what needs to be fixed. especially when it comes to urban areas. dealing with flooding. >> so things like roadways, drainage system thousands, et cetera, get the water out of here. >> yeah. this is what needs to be fixed. so you guys should get it together. >> that's right. abc's josh haskel. >> reports on hawaii of looting storm ravaged homes. 40 national guard troops are providing security around the clock to areas damaged by tropical storm iselle. homes in remote parts of the island have no power or water.
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>> now to the major political upheaval in iraq. the embattled prime minister nuri al maliki announced he is stepping aside. ending a political deadlock that plunged the country into uncertainly. how al maliki threw his support behind the rival. a move applauded by the white house. major general harold greene laid to rest at arlington national cemetery. the highest ranking officer to die in either iraq or afghanistan wars. he was killed by a man believed to be an afghan soldier. the two-star general was 55 years old and went to afghanistan in january. his first tdemroemenployment to zone. >> clean-up and repairs from the fuel tanker explosion in nashville will take days to complete. fuel vapors seeped into the sewer and water systems triggering those smaller blasts. several officials now say that both systems are working.
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drinking walter is safe. major disaster averted. abc's ron claiborne has the the latest. >> reporter: this video taken only seconds after the tanker truck loaded with more than 8,000 gallons of gasoline and diesel rolled over while making the turn. >> oh. >> reporter: the tanker explodes in a fire ball. spilling toxic fuel into an underground drainage system leading to a nearby creek. >> come down through. there. >> the dramatic moments recorded on this 911 call. >> a fuel truck, is spreading quick, turning black. oh, it is bad. >> reporter: amazingly officials say as the fuel spread through the underground storm drains, vapors, triggered explosions blocks away. this man was standing feet away from a manhole cover that suddenly erupts like a cannon being fired. watch again, this time, from a different view.
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>> oh [ bleep ]. oh, my god. >> reporter: experts say for a heavily loaded tanker any turn is potentially dangerous. in 2007, a tanker rolled over and burst into flames in oakland, california, on a highway curve. somehow the driver of the nashville fuel truck escaped with only minor injuries. the cause of the accident is under investigation. ron claiborne, abc news, new york. >> thanks to ron for that. now to some captivating new video offering a rare look at two bold burglars in swimsuits. there they are. take a look, coming in through the door there. this is caught on high definition video system. the two guys sliding in there, no shoes, no shirts. through the front door. this is a waterfront home in north palm beach, florida. along with one more guy they made their getaway out back on the boot on the waterway behind the house. the homeowner alerted to police the theft, reviewing surveillance cameras remotely. the power of the ipad there.
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look at them going off in the boat. no word yet if they have been caught. >> if you were with us yesterday at this time you know we told you about the 169 dollar hot dog sold in seattle. now time for some dessert. >> equally pricey. for that we head downtown manhattan to a place called bubby's highline. we find what they call, you're looking at it, the kitchen sink, features 16 balls of ice cream. >> the toppings -- pretzels, pecans, peanuts, cookie crumbs, chocolate, caramel syrup, sprinkles, whip cream, cherries, american flag on top. >> all for just $100. >> is that it? >> serves 8 to 10 people. 14,000 calories. you will need a good number of friends there to dip in the spoon. >> eight to ten people depending on how much you like ice cream. >> i can put away a pint of ice cream? can you eat ice cream. >> i like it a little bit. dent kn >> favorite flavor? >> don't know if if the looks
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♪ ♪ what doesn't kill you makes you stronger ♪ ♪ >> it is an incredible comeback story for an olympic champion, growing stronger by the day. six-time olympic gold medal swimmer amy vandyken ruin had nearly lost her life in an atv accident. >> now after two months in rehab she emerged with an incredibly positive attitude, it is inspiring. and kirk hawkins gives us her story. >> hi. >> six time olympic gold medalist, amy vandyken calls
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herself the queen as she gets ready to take her purple wheelchair for a spin. >> i have met some amazing people here. and -- um -- they have really changed the way i think. >> reporter: two months ago she start aid rehab program at a facility in colorado. she learned how to do everything all over again. >> it has just been amazing to watch her. >> reporter: vandyken transferred from an arizona hospital to the rehab center last june. >> thank you. >> hi. >> reporter: the 41-year-old nearly died when she crashed her atv in arizona. this x-ray shows the break in her spinal cord. she survived surgery against all odds. >> but i am alive. and i am so thankful to be alive. >> reporter: she won four gold medals in the 1996 atlanta olympics. while she will not regain movement of her legs. she is learning to swim again. and helps to go mountain biking, sailing, even driving. all part of what this self-professed, proud paraplegic
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calls her second life. >> this is not easy. and i don't want to portray the fact that because i have a smile on my face that it really is easy. it is really not. it's life-changing. >> reporter: another aspect of van dyken's recovery, raising awareness about spinal cord injuries. she hopes to help researchers find a cure. kirk hawkins, abc news, los angeles. devin, michelle, back to you. >> thank you, kirk. just watch herring spirit, just indicative of the olympic sort of thread that we love to hear the stories, comeback stories she is now making. and quite an@let athlete will a her. >> happy she is home. just tweeted in the last few hours. she said missed bravo tv. she said she is going to binge-watch them in the next couple days here. good for her now that she is home. >>
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♪ let's go batter up we're taking the afternoon off ♪ ♪ it's a beautiful day for a ball game ♪ >> well it is indeed. a friday, a beautiful weekend ahead. great time for a ball game, especially in williamsport, pennsylvania, where every year the boys and girls of summer converge for the little league world series. this year one team is sure getting a heck of a lot of attention. >> 11 and 12-year-olds from the south side of chicago making the most of their opportunity and their biggest fans couldn't be more proud. abc's david muir has more. >> reporter: here, the big reveal. >> action! >> reporter: the little league team that could trying to keep a straight face. not so easy. they have come a long way. the parade before it all began in williamsport, jackie robinson west little league team from chicago. proud to show off their jerseys.
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walking onto the field in williamsport, the first time this team has made it this far in more than 30 years. >> one, two, three! >> reporter: to understand just l how big the game was. you have to go back to the winning moment, moment they learned they had made it to the lidle league world series. and their parents who have been there every step of the way, who know how many years it's ben since the team made it this far. stunned and proud, on the sidelines. >> next fall when they came back. and they were on it. they were on it. >> never imagined being here in the little league world series. and for my son to make it. it is just awesome. >> reporter: their first game in the little league world series would come. the team from chicago ready. but their competition was ready, that team from washington state. but just moments after the game started the third pitch. >> a home run. >> a home run. in fact, for pierce it was the
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first of three. and back home in chicago, the giant viewing party. our cameras there as they were cheering them on. scoring run after run. >> the game is over. >> suddenly the little team that could -- and one of their proud moms, perhaps, saying it best. >> it's just one of those memories that will be everlasting for all of the boys. >> david muir, abc news, new york. >> those are moments that they're never going to forget. special moments. you know they don't call it the little league world series for nothing. which team around the world has the the most wins? do you know? >> no. >> taiwan. >> taiwan. >> i didn't know that either. >> interesting. >> that is my trophy from the t-ball days. i can hit a ball off a tee. but not too good if you are pitching at me. you know? that was the extent tough it. >> the bat boy?
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welcome back. time for "the mix." a feel-good friday to share with you. this thanks in part to the kid president. one of our favorite youtube sensations. you know, this guy. the kid president helped orchestrate a special surprise party for a 41-year teacher retiring in nashville, tennessee. take a look. here is the camera crew. set up teachers and former students gathered there. 41 years. mrs. fletcher, at the elementary school in tennessee. she walked in and becomes overwhelmed by the emotions. moved to tears there. she says she kept every class picture since she started teaching in 1973. good for her. hats off. first grade teacher. lovely. >> fantastic. you know, we take selfies all
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the time. but now moving on to selfie statues. and this all kicked off, the internet, the craze, is incorporating the selfie within the statue. positioning kyour camera, just o it looks like the statue is participatin participating. statue of liberty right there. >> just don't touch the art. if you try it at home. go out to the museums this summer. pretty fun pictures there. albert einstein. all right. to wrap up this friday, here is your polka. ♪ politics and foreign wars all the weather all the scores ♪ ♪ that's the "world news" polka ♪ ♪ around the world and up your street ♪ ♪ that's the "world news" polka ♪ ♪ it's late at night you're wide awake and you're not wearing pants ♪ ♪ so grab your "world news now" mug and everybody dance ♪ ♪ have some fun be a pal every anchor guy and gal ♪
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this morning on "world news now" -- disturbing new details about robin williams and his final days. what his wife is now saying about his state of mind and his physical health. >> tension in missouri. another night of rallies in suburban st. louis. why unarmed teen was shot and killed by police, the big secret in the case revealed today. >> safety alert, playground equipment that can heat up and burn your children. while there may be more summertime risks at the park than you might think. >> and family affair -- kim kardashian and kanye west's baby daughter, just a year old and already had her first job. that's in "the skinny" on this friday, august 15. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning on this busy friday, i'm michelle franzen.
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>> i'm devin dwyer. great to have you with us. it's very fun to see north west in some of the pictures we'll show you later this half-hour. >> absolutely. we begin with the stunning revelation about robin williams, just days after he shocked the world by taking his own life. >> williams' widow released a statement yesterday revealing the beloved actor was also struggling to cope with the early stages of parkinson's disease. here's more from abc's nick watt. >> reporter: learning about one more struggle faced by the irrepressible robin williams in the months before he died. robin's sobriety was intact, his wife said in a written statement, he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of parkinson's disease. which he was not yet ready to share publicly. >> early parkinson's consists of tremor, little bit of slowness, perhaps postural change sews
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people lean forward. >> reporter: around a million and a half americans have parkinson's and research suggest a link between the disease and clinical depression. michael j. fox, a long time friend of williams who was diagnosed with parkinson's in 1991, just tweeted. stunned to learn that robin had p.d. pretty sure his support for our foundation predated his diagnosis. a true friend, i wish him peace. williams' family who have all requested privacy since his death requested privacy since his date are all sharing their memories of the man most of us thought we knew but only knew on screen. his youngest son, cody saying, i will miss him and take him with me everywhere i go for the rest of my life. and will look forward, forever, to the moment when i get to see him again. >> susan, his wife hopes others might live learning a lesson from how he died. it is our hope in the weak of robin's tragic passing, she said, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat
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whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid. williams' widow says the family has found solace in the tremendous outpouring of affection and admiration since his death. his greatest legacy, she says aside from his three kids, the joy and happiness he brought particularly to those fighting personal battles. nick watt, abc news, los angeles. >> to the weather now. the big mess left behind by fast-moving and severe storms in the las vegas area. the run-off from heavy rain washed out sections of a road around lake mead closing it. forcing drivers to turn around. the storm damaged the dock at the lake's big marina forcing it to close as well. it is expected to be open today. meantime the sinkhole on long island, new york, one of the big reminders from this week's historic rainfall. said to be 12 feet deep there. the crater caused by a pipe that burst because of pressure from a nearby creek well over its banks.
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>> one area of long island received three months of rain in just a few hours. >> today, heavy rain will pound much of the country from montana to new mexico, across the midwest, into minnesota. other than a few showers in the south florida area, and northern new england, most other spots will be sunny, dry and hot today. >> it will be scorching across the southwest. with temperatures mostly in the high 90s. but almost everywhere else. expect more moderate readings in the mid to high 80s. >> and outrage over the shooting death of an unarmed missouri teenager is rippling across the country with rallies in dozens of cities. marchers in new york, peacefully chanted, hands up, don't shoot. the tempers flared when police intervened. and several people were hauled away in handcuffs, as abc's jim ryan reports, things remain relatively calm in ferguson. >> don't shoot! >> reporter: the thursday night demonstration in ferguson was the first since the governor's decision to have missouri state
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highway patrol assume responsibility for crowd control. many in the community complained that county police were heavy handed in the role. this demonstration had a street fair atmosphere although substantially larger than the one that ended with tear gas and rubber bullets the night before and stayed relatively peaceful as police officers and regular uniforms strolled among the protesters. then just before 10:00, the sound of gunfire. several series of shots were fired some where in the surrounding neighborhood. many of the protesters were undeterred and decided to stay. the next test of the community resolve to remain nonviolent may come friday with anticipated release of the name of the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old michael brown last saturday. the police chief said he wanted to hold on to the officer's identity out of concern for his safety. local and federal investigators still have not publicly reached a conclusion as to the justifiability of the killing. jim ryan, abc news, ferguson, missouri. >> hopefully there will be calm there as this weekend gets under way. >> so many people speaking out on our facebook page too,
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hundreds of you writing in sharing your thoughts here on both side of this. angie writes, no the name of the police officer should not be made public because of his family's safety being a concern. meanwhile, yes, we should know the name of this police officer because if he, earl was shot, some one certainly would know his name. on tv. a lot of divide, we asked you to go to our facebook page. wnnfans.com. weigh in for us. we are reading your responses. >> an ominous announcement from world health officials about the ebola outbreak. they say there is evidence the numbers of the dead and those sickened by the virus may vastly underestimate the magnitude of the outbreak. this outbreak is already the deadliest one on record with more than 1,000 deaths. >> and an experimental vaccine to fight a debilitating mosquito borne virus is showing promise. the chikungunya virus has
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sickened people in africa, asia, caribbean and south america. here in the u.s. it is not fatal it can cause fever and joint pain lasting weeks or months. researchers say antibody from their vaccine were present six months after volunteers got their final doses. >> a clinical trial of medical marijuana may offer new hope for people suffering from sickle-cell anemia. in humans doctors usually treat the pain with owe -- opiates. but researchers in san francisco tested marijuana on mice, genetically programmed to devil of a condition mimicking the disease. and they showed less pain and less inflammation the next big step testing on humans. >> sadly friend and racing fans have gathered in central new york state to remember and say a final good-bye to kevin ward jr. he is the race car driver who was killed last weekend after being hit by the car driven by nascar's tony stewart. ward's casket was carried out. mourners released orange, black, white balloons, the colors of ward's racing team.
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as for stewart he won't be racing at this weekend's nascar event in michigan. it will be the second straight event that stewart missed since the incident last weekend. his plans for the rest of the nascar season are up in the air this morning. >> the owners of major league baseball teams have elected a new league commissioner. he is 55-year-old rob manfred who worked for the league in an increasingly senior positions. since 1998. manfred will be the league's tenth commissioner. he takes over early next year when current commissioner bud selig steps down. >> well, we don't usually cover european track & field events here on "world news now," but there is something to show you here. this is a bizarre ending of a track race. >> bizarre. check this guy out. a runner from france. stripping off his jersey as he enters the final stretch in yesterday's steeplechase. he wins, going away, a triumphant moment. >> but not really. he was eventually disqualified because he took off his jersey during the race. of course he crossed there
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without that singlet on. it would have been his third straight european title in the event. instead, he finished last. >> goes to show you. keep your jersey on. follow the rules, ladies and gentlemen, i have to say he took the jersey off going over the last hurdle. put it in his mouth. how can you have that much energy? >> grandstanding during the final stretch there. we will see if that teaches him a lesson. >> maybe, we will see. coming up in "the skinny" -- the huge show last night at san francisco's candlestick park, featuring paul mccartney. and why it is going down in history. >> but first, a safety alert for parents at the park. concerns about playground equipment heating up into the danger zone on a summer day. you are watching "world news now." ♪ ♪ i play i play i play for you ♪ i'm burning up burning up burning for you ♪ ♪ i'm burning up burning up burning for you ♪ >> announcer: "world news now" weather brought to you by colonial penn life insurance.
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go long. ♪ ♪ i'm burning i'm burning for you ♪ >> you know, with school playgrounds, packed, parents should be consander -- concerned about a hidden danger. swings and slides can heat up to 200 degrees. >> at the temperature, it takes second before kids can get second or third degree burns. and bazi kanani investigates. >> reporter: summer sun is summer fun for kids everywhere.
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bare skin and hot playground equipment can lead to serious burns. on five days this summer using in infrared thermometer at the hottest time of day, "gma" investigates tested equipment across the country recording the this metal surface in l.a., 129 degrees. this baby swing in houston, 130 degrees. this swing in phoenix, 150. at 140 degrees it can take 3 seconds for a child to get a second-degree burn, and 5 second to get a third-degree burn. if you think the temperature outside has to be sweltering for playground equipment to heat up. think again. when kara sinclair took her kids to the indianapolis zoo in early spring it never crossed her mind to check the temperature of the equipment. her then 22-month-old girl, tinley headed straight for the slide. >> she scooted forward as she scooted forward, it was, she stuck. she screamed really loud. something i had never heard before in my life.
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as i grabbed her, her skin stayed with the slide. >> reporter: that slide baking in the sun. she says doctors at the er say it gave her a near third degree burn. the zoo told "gma investigates" the incident was the first of its kind and we have since implemented a policy of regularly inspecting slide temperatures. which children are most at risk? >> it's really children who are 2 and younger. younger children's skin is thinner and more delicate. they may not have the reflex to move their body part away from the heat. >> reporter: we tested even more equipment at a d.c. playground with rachel weintraub from consumer federation of america. on a slightly overcast, 85-degree day with many kids playing we measure the slide. at first it is a mild 86 degrees. but watch what happens after 10 minutes of sun exposure. 133. that's definitely hot enough to burn a child. bazi kanani, abc news, washington. >> you know we see mostly the
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plastic hard plastic slides there. we all remember the days of those -- metal slides. and some of those still exist. they say there is no indication that -- that the equipment back then was any hotter. but, we have all -- burned ourselves a little bit. >> always the perils of the playground. i remember getting splinters from wood play material. probably cooler, but always a danger there. i want one of those laser thermometers that, that bazi had in her piece there, running around check the temperature. maybe should become a must-have on the stroller. they run $30. >> now they put some soft material down there. they didn't always do that. there has been a lot of improvements. you still have to be careful as parent. go up and touch it even if you don't have a fancy device. >> good advice for everybody. >> when we come back, the celebrity baby making her modeling debut at just 13 months old. >> what paul mccartney did last night to help san francisco bid farewell to an iconic landmark. "the skinny" coming up next.
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♪ ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ >> well, it's time for "the skinny" on this friday. starting with a super cute hollywood newcomer, following her famous parents right into the spotlight. >> that's right the adorable daughter of kim kardashian and kanye west made her modeling debut.
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at just 13 months old, northwest appearing with a killer pose in "c.r. fashion book" launched by the former editor of french "vogue" magazine. if you didn't know, take a close look. that is a chanel bag. and a brooch. yes, accessorizing that cashmere sweater. and the quote there in the upper left says, quote, it is never too early to care about fashion. so, i hope you have deep, deep pockets, mom and dad. that is going to be an expensive. >> they do. you wouldn't expect anything less from their child to have a little chanel bag. >> that's right. don't get any spit up on the shirt there. >> the final act at san francisco's legendary candlestick park. >> the honor last night to sir paul mccartney. his concert, was the last public event at the stick before it gets demolished. take a listen. ♪ close your eyes and i'll kiss you tomorrow i'll miss you ♪
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♪ remember i'll always be true ♪ and if while i'm away i'll write home every day ♪ ♪ and i'll send all my loving to you ♪ >> candlestick park also is the site of the beatles last live concert back in 1966. for decade of course also the home of the 49ers and the giants. i lived in san francisco, so i had the pleasure of attending candlestick park where it is very blustery out there. >> it's been there for years. a beloved icon out there. great to see paul mccartney back on tour after the illness earlier this year. >> big treat. >> moving on "downton abby" supposedly historically accurate british tv series, love that series, has made quite a blunder. take a look here. see if you can spot what is out of place, in this photo which went quickly viral. yesterday. >> look closely. check out the plastic water
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bottle on the mantle. the series set in the '20s. commercial water bottles were not produced until the '60s. >> we love edith! >> as you can imagine the shot triggered -- >> we love edith. we love edith. >> what's that? we love edith. >> we have fans here. >> beloved star from 1930s will be hitting the big screen very soon. we're talking betty boop, animated character to star in her first feature length film, courtesy of simon cowell, co-producing the movie. >> betty boop last seen in a cameo in the 1988 film "who framed roger rabbit." cowell says he worked with his share of high maintenance divas. betty boop, the biggest of them all. great to see her back. finally, today, we check out who is celebrating their birthday -- today, friday, check out who is celebrating their birthday -- happy birthday one and all!
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tide, downy, and bounce. official products of the national sleep foundation. ♪ monday you can fall apart for fr ♪ monday you can fall apart tuesday wednesday break my heart ♪ ♪ thursday doesn't even start it's friday i'm in love ♪ >> welcome back. well it has been quite a busy week in the news world with the heavy hand of tragic events. >> here now our "friday rewind" we take a look back and say good-bye to two of our brightest stars. >> mr. williams' life ended from asphyxia due to hanging. >> we are mourning the loss of such a great man. >> he is a unique guy.
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he was just a force of nature. >> i saw him turn around with his arms up in the air and they shot him. in his face and chest. he went down. unarmed. >> were you in the front line up there? >> in the front line, yes. they just started shooting. >> my house -- i have water around my whole house. >> this has never been this high, not even during sandy. >> people die in racing, all the time, you hardly hear about in small tracks. so when it was -- being that tony was involved it brought a lot of attention to it. >> there is no evidence in hand, or no facts, that would support a criminal charge. >> our attention is focused on preventing an act of genocide and helping the men and women and children on the mountain. >> do you think he is handling the situation in iraq right snow would you be doing it differently? >> i am excited about signing
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books. >> crazy, it's unbelievable. if it's like kids from philly. and now we are going to williamsport. so, very unbelievable. >> you know how to whistle, don't you, steve? you just put your lips together and blow. >> of course we do have a sense that it's -- how could i have lived through all of that? >> some real greats. and also a reminder of just the excellent work that both lauren bacall as well as robin williams did over the span of their careers. worth watching again. >> absolutely. i think this weekend we should go to netflix. go to aye itunes, download the movies. a good weekend for that. don't miss our updates on facebook, wnnfans.com. >> coming up. more news from abc. stay tuned. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades. more news from abc. stay tuned. >> announcer: this is abc's "world news now," informing insomniacs for two decades.
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making news in america this morning, demanding answers. more demonstrations protesting the shooting of an unarmed black teenager. the marches now moving beyond the borders of ferguson into major american cities. plus, what we expect to learn today about the officer who pulled the trigger. developing overnight, two kidnapped amish girls found alive. new details about where they turned up and how their cultural beliefs hampered the investigation. toxic tea. a woman gets served a drink laced with chemicals at a restaurant. the major mistake one employee apparently made. and stripped of the gold. a racer dominates a competition but loses out because of his half-naked celebration.

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